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Research Council of the University (RCU)

The Research Council of the University (RCU) was initially established in 1988 as the University Research Council (URC). Its primary purposes continue to be to increase the visibility of research on the campus, and to create an environment in which the faculty justifiably believes that research awards are equitably made and contribute to the CSUB Mission. The RCU has a major advisory role in decisions concerning the use of other resources for research (e.g., CSU budgeted resources for research; indirect costs funds used to support research; private discretionary research contributions; etc.).

The RCU has broad responsibility for awarding assigned time and monetary support to faculty on a competitive basis. Proposals requesting support for basic or applied research, creative or scholarly activity, or professional development that enriches the academic and learning environment of the University are considered.

The RCU shall have the following membership:

  • Associate Vice-President for Grants, Research, and Sponsored Programs (Chair, Ex-Officio, non-voting)
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Ex-Officio, non-voting)
  • Four, tenured or tenure-track faculty, one each elected from and by the faculty of the School of Arts & Humanities, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, & Engineering, and the School of Social Sciences and Education
  • A pool of potential alternates for the four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, selected from recipients of RCU awards from previous award cycles, to serve in place of the elected tenured or tenure-track faculty elected by the members of their respective schools
  • One Librarian, elected by the librarians
  • One emeritus faculty member, appointed by the Associate Vice-President for Grants, Research, and Sponsored Programs


Upcoming Competition:

Current Applications

Announcement out:  October 30, 2019

Application Due Date: December 6, 2019 

Award Decision: February 2020

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Applications for FY 2020-2021

 Announcement out: October 30, 2019

Application Due Date: December 6, 2019 

Apply at:

Instructions for submitting RSCA application

GRaSP Office Hours and Location

M-F: 8 am to 5 pm
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, D108